Arts & Humanities
Fri, 04/11/2014 — LAWRENCE – “Pipedreams,” Kansas Public Radio’s weekly show featuring the best in pipe organ performance, will feature a show recorded at KU’s Bales Organ Recital Hall. The broadcast, which will begin at 9 p.m. Sunday, April 13, will feature performances by and comments from students of Michael Bauer, professor of organ and church music, and James Higdon, Dane and Polly Bales Professor of Organ. They will play works by Olivier Messiaen and Louis Vierne, among others, on the Hellmuth Wolff pipe organ at Bales Recital Hall.   Host Michael Barone brought “Pipedreams Live!” to KU’s Bales Organ Recital Hall in April 2013 for a concert, interviews and commentary. Barone

Thu, 04/10/2014 — The Hall Center for the Humanities will host “Inequality in the Post-Civil Rights Era: A KU Symposium Commemorating the 60th Anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education.” The symposium, which takes place Thursday, April 17, will feature two...

Wed, 04/09/2014 — U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran will receive a national award for his support of science research at 9:30 a.m. Monday, April 14, at the Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas. Sen. Moran will receive the Champion of Science Award from the...

Wed, 04/09/2014 — LAWRENCE – The world’s premier conference for linguistic research on African languages will be hosted this year at the University of Kansas. More than 200 attendees from the U.S., Africa and Europe will travel to Lawrence for the 45th Annual Conference on African Linguistics from April 17 to 19. The conference is hosted by the KU Department of Linguistics. A unique feature of this year’s conference is a special KU undergraduate session dedicated to increasing awareness of language endangerment and the plight of Africa’s endangered languages. Registration costs will be waived for all KU students. Interested students should contact Harold Torrence at 785-864-2882 or

Wed, 04/09/2014 — A University of Kansas alumnus who has made a career of creating reproductions of early humans and dinosaurs will discuss his work as a paleo-artist in a public lecture in Kansas City. Although the title of paleo-artist may be unfamiliar, the...

Tue, 04/08/2014 — Four University of Kansas faculty members have earned 2014 University Scholarly Achievement Awards, which recognize mid-career scholars who have made significant scholarly or research contributions to their fields. Chancellor Bernadette...

Tue, 04/08/2014 — An international, interdisciplinary research team will convene a symposium to explore environmental and land-use change to the Valley of Mexico. The event will begin at 9 a.m. Wednesday, April 9, in The Commons. The event is open to the public;...

Tue, 04/08/2014 — The University of Kansas Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies (CREES) has announced a new educational outreach initiative utilizing KU students, resources and social media to explore history related to World War I. The...

Tue, 04/08/2014 — Renowned photographer Mark Klett will give a Hallmark Symposium Lecture at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 17, at the Spencer Museum of Art. He will lead Coffee @ The Commons, an informal conversation driven by audience questions, at 1 p.m. Friday, April...

Mon, 04/07/2014 — Robert McChesney, professor of communication at the Institute of Communications Research at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, will speak at The Commons at 4 p.m. Monday, April 7. His talk, "Dollarocracy: How the Money and Media...

Mon, 04/07/2014 — When someone in 1578 hung a doll-like effigy from the door of the church in the Mexican town of Tecamachalco, inquisitors spent four years trying to uncover who was responsible for misusing one of its symbols. It carried dire consequences in...

Mon, 04/07/2014 — The University of Kansas Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies has invited representatives of four disciplines to comment on current events in Ukraine and the recent annexation of Crimea by Russia. The roundtable will take...

Fri, 04/04/2014 — The Kansas African Studies Center is hosting the University of Kansas' third annual Africa World Documentary Film Festival (AWDFF) from April 10-12. The three-day festival will show 18 films that address the complexity of the human condition as...

Fri, 04/04/2014 — LAWRENCE – More than 200 elementary, junior high and high school students from area schools will be on the University of Kansas campus in April to participate in Mathematics Awareness Month activities. Each year, the Department of Mathematics organizes competitions and workshops for the students. This year’s national theme is Mathematics, Magic, and Mystery. The math competition will take place Saturday, April 5, in 406 Snow Hall. Prizes will be awarded to the top students in each category. The competition has three levels: third through fifth grades, middle school and high school.   From magic squares and Möbius bands to magical card tricks and illusions,

Thu, 04/03/2014 — Each of the four juniors nominated by the University of Kansas for 2014 Harry S. Truman Scholarships has been selected as a finalist for the up-to $30,000 scholarships. Each will interview with the Foundation’s Regional Review Panel on Monday,...

Thu, 04/03/2014 — The Hall Center for the Humanities, in partnership with the KU Alumni Association and its Wichita Chapter, will be hosting its KU in Wichita annual public symposium at the Wichita Museum of Art on Thursday, April 10. Victor Bailey, Charles...

Wed, 04/02/2014 — LAWRENCE – A University of Kansas art history professor is one of few scholars who have traveled to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, or North Korea, specifically to study how art has helped shape the country’s narrative from triumphant revolutionaries to communist dynasty. Marsha Haufler, a professor of art history and associate dean for international and interdisciplinary studies for the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, has traveled to North Korea fives times since 2007. She is working on a book that examines the mosaic murals created and planned in North Korea during the Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il’s eras. Although a specialist in Chinese art,

Wed, 04/02/2014 — LAWRENCE – Major League Baseball teams aren't the only ones throwing out the first pitch of spring this week. Thursday marks opening day for minor league baseball, and with it comes a season of zany promotions. From animal acts to the appearance of B-list celebrities, minor league baseball teams have found success in using vaudeville-like tactics to drive ticket sales, a University of Kansas writer and film director says. David Sutera, a doctoral student in film and media studies, traveled to minor league ballparks around the country for his book “Vaudeville on the Diamond: Minor League Baseball in Today’s Entertainment World.” From California’s Modesto Nuts to

Wed, 04/02/2014 — LAWRENCE – In an age where reduce, reuse, recycle is a popular mantra, Shakespeare would have fit right in. The legendary playwright’s approach to look for inspiration in the world around him and in dormant dramatic genres embodies the adage that "everything old is new again.” Two of the world’s top scholars of the Bard will visit the University of Kansas from England to discuss the reasoning and results behind this approach, in a panel titled “Shakespeare the Recycler.” The presenters will draw on their groundbreaking research about Shakespeare. Gordon McMullan is professor of English at King’s College London and a KU alumnus who earned a master’s in English in

Tue, 04/01/2014 — LAWRENCE – The First World War 100 years ago marked a turning point in the history of Europe. However, contrary to the idea that Europeans’ nationalist ideals fueled the conflict, such views didn’t become widespread until the aftermath of the deadly combat came into focus. The University of Kansas has invited historian Michael Neiberg to explain how ordinary Europeans, unlike their political and military leaders, neither wanted nor expected war during the fateful summer of 1914. Using letters, diaries and memoirs of citizens across Europe, Neiberg dispels the notion that ordinary Europeans were rabid nationalists intent on mass slaughter. Rather, civilians watched


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